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Bouchard-Hall wins second triathlon

SHELBURNE Three weeks ago 26-year-old Kevin Bouchard-Hall of Shelburne won the first Vermont Sun Triathlon fairly comfortable by 35 seconds in 1:02:48. Last Sunday he won the second and final Vermont Sun Sprint Triathlon of this season, but was almost caught by the fastest runner of the day, Brett Nichols of Brookline, Mass. Nichols had the days best swim, finishing the 600 yard course in Lake Dunmore in 7:30. He held a whopping 2:31 lead over Bouchard-Hall who was only 34th after the swim. Bouchard-Hall blasted through the hilly 14-mile bike race in a days fastest, and course record, 32:24. Nichols began the final 5k run 30 seconds behind. He made up seven seconds per mile. Nichols finished just 8 seconds behind Bouchard-Hall in 1:02:56. I was chased here last month but I had a bigger lead, said Bouchard-Hall. The finish line couldnt come soon enough today. Another mile and he would have had me. Cory Coffey (31) of Vergennes led a large local group of triathletes with a third place overall finish in 1:05:22. Coffey was number 21 out of the water but posted the second best bike time (34:18) to move into third by the start of the run. Coffey was also third in the first Vermont Sun Triathlon. Middlebury veteran triathlete Steve Hare (51) placed 8th overall in 1:07:33 and won the 50-54 age group. Hare was one of four men over the age of 50 who finished in the top 13. Salisbury summer resident Jeff Schumann (51) was second to finish the swim and was that fourth over 50 man in 1:08:09. The womens race was almost as competitive as the mens. Jessie Donavan (32) of Burlington won in 1:10:53. She was only 24 seconds ahead of runner up Donna Smyers (1:11:17) of Adamant Vt. Smyers, fifty one years young, led Donavan out of the swim but Donavan had a 17 second lead off the bike. Smyers kept pace on the run but couldnt catch Donavan. Nicole Wilkerson of Middlebury (37) won the womens 35-39 age group in 1:14:13 and was the seventh placed women overall. Another Middlebury women, Brook Jette (39), was second in the 33-39 group with a 1:15:04 finish, placing as the 10th overall female. Jette was ahead of Wilkerson to start the run but Wilkerson used the fastest womens run of the day (20:00) to catch her. Im fairly new at triathlons, my background has been running, but Im planning on trying more of these. I had fun and Id like to see how I can improve my swim and bike, said Wilkerson. High winds and storm clouds hung in the sky all morning but the thunder or rain never came much to the relief of race officials and athletes. The weather probably held down the number of entrants as the total was around 240 athletes from all over the northeast. The third race in the Vermont Sun Triathlon Series will be the Lake Dunmore Triathlon. Its an olympic distance event (.9 mile swim, 28 mile bike and 6.2 mile run) to be held on Saturday Aug. 2. Nineteen year old Corey Robinson of Brandon won the 15-19 group in 1:18:51. Other local finishers included: Joel Palmer, Vergennes, 2nd men 40-44 (1:15:48); Katie Powers, Middlebury, 4th women 20-24 (1:18:20); Steve Abbott, Middlebury, 7th men 40-44 (1:18:20); Michelle Thurston, Whitting, 2nd womens 40-44 (1:19:35); Doug Robinson, Brandon, 11th M 50-54 (1:19:54); Miguel Fernandel, Middlebury, 3rd M 45-49 (1:20:50); Molly Robinson, Middlebury, 4th W 30-34 (1:21:39); John Izzo, Salisbury, 4th M 55-59 (1:22:14); Andrea Solomon, Middlebury, 3rd W 40-44 (1:23:21); Teri Ames, Middlebury 5th W 40-44 (1:24:27); Tania Bolduc, Vergennes, 5th W 40-44 (1:26:26); Ginger Lambert, Middlebury, 3rd W 50-54 (1:29:04) ; Douglas Dier, Brandon, 8th M 45-49 (1:31:38); Ashley Szczesiak, Middlebury, 16th W 20-24 (1:39:39); Jack Willis, Salisbury, 4th M 65-69 (1:42:55); Maggie Gardner, Vergennes, 10th W 30-34 (1:42:23); Julianne Marino, Middlebury, 18th W 20-24 (1:47:46); Barbara Ebling, Brandon, 16th W 40-44 (1:48:23). About 12 percent of the individual field was local which is an all-time high for a Vermont Sun Triathlon event. Several local teams competed as well. Team Slugbusters, Middlebury, won the overall team title in mixed team over 40 (1:10:31) with Jim Arnold (bike) Joannie Schuman (swim) and Tom Urista (run). Chaz Lyons, Middlebury, posted the fastest team run (18:36) to pace Middlebury team, a wing prayer to win men under 39 (1:11:18). The Middlebury team of Liz Cronin (swim, 47) Joanne Carrara (bike, 67) and Gail Jette (run, 72) won women over 40. Carraras two granddaughters, Annina Hare (bike, age 10) and Katherine Townsend (run, ago 11) beat Carrara's team with the help of Townsends dad, Bill (42) who has the best team swim time (8:28).

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